UK Environment Minister Tells Bush to Face Up to Global Warming

The environment secretary, Margaret Beckett, says Washington is not doing enough to help the fight against global warming.

Published: 28-May-2005

Margaret Beckett today urges the Bush administration to accept that the "incontrovertible" weight of scientific evidence on the dangers of global warming is stimulating an urgent worldwide dialogue that the US must seriously engage with - or risk being left out.

But she also admits that Britain itself has much to do to meet the "self-inflicted wounds of our more ambitious domestic target", a 20% cut in greenhouse gases by 2020.

Renewable energy, notably wind power, and greater energy efficiency - "we have not done enough with households" - are her priority, not a new generation of nuclear power stations.


As a part of the process announced Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management is amending 52 land-use plans in nine Western states, which Norton said will clear the way for wind farms generating 3,200 megawatts of wind energy

With an area of 568 and 85,000 residents, Phu Quoc's estimated electricity demand in 2005 was at 20,234 MWh, while its diesel-fueled generators produce only 7.5 MW, less than half the island's demand.

Giant 10 megawatt turbines of the future could be situated far from shore, avoiding battles with onshore residents who object to the presence of large wind farms.


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